SALI BAY (DIVE) RESORT
Last update: March 22th, 2021
Surprising lodge with intact lively reef house and an ever-increasing number of dive sites, in the remote Moluccas
Located in a hidden and secluded bay of the Halmahera Sea, this piece of paradise in the Maluku Islands has been re-created to give shelter to divers and snorkelers who love nature, while maintaining all the distinctive character of its local and rare environment, the island of Sali Kecil.
The Sali Bay Resort is a diving and snorkeling paradise off the beaten track in Southwest Halmahera*; being the only resort in this region you will have the dive sites exclusively for you! The dives sites are reached by diving day trips, and guest who just does snorkeling are welcome on the dive-boat.
How to get there
Sali Bay Dive Resort sits on the lush island of Sali Kecil, a tiny and exclusive private island located in front of the Southwest coast of Halmahera in the Northern Moluccas.
Labuha Airport (Airport code LAH) caters 1 hour 45 minutes flights from Manado (MDC), easily reached by Singapore Airlines. Other way to get Labuha is from Jakarta (Airport code CGK) via Ternate (Airport code TTE). Once in Labuha Airport a short ride in car and boat (30+30 minutes) separates you from paradise.
We are happy to help our guests in arranging local car/boat transfers.
We can help you get to the resort and into your vacation as quick as possible. And of course we can organise your flight itinerary with the best Indonesian market price!
Best diving season
Summertime in North Hemisphere is a great season for diving at Sali Bay, the resort is located in a protected bay and is 12 months open. The weather and ocean conditions are mostly the same around the year, some more rain is to expect from November to March.
Diving in Sali Bay Resort
Excellent diving in a great variety of sceneries walls, drop offs, caves, coral slopes, muck diving; and a huge biodiversity with big fish and critters: large schools of tuna, mackerel, batfish, unicorn fish, fusiliers and reef sharks; macro enthusiasts will sure enjoy extraordinary encounters with mandarin fish, pygmy seahorses, ghost- and other pipefish, rare kinds of shrimps and crabs, nudibranchs, flatworms and gobies; and muck diving lovers will be satisfied too: this is the paradise for Rhinopias and other critters! Of you photographers will fall in love with peculiar blue-ringed octopus and Wobbegong shark and walking shark… I mentioned the sea turtles? And the dolphins? Right in front of Sali Bay (Dive) Resort you’ll have high chances of seeing dolphins, pilot- and other wales!
*As you surely know, Halmahera is the largest island of Moluccas or Maluku and is located in the heart of the Coral Triangle, its proximity to Raja Ampat had made of Halmahera a new and very hot destination for diving in Indonesia. Yes, Halmahera! It’s now the place where in each new scientific trips new specimens are discovered -as the Hemiscyllium Halmahera, new specie of Bamboo Walking Shark (Hemiscylliidae), cousin of the Hemiscyllium Galei from Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua- or where in each new survey trips world record fish counts are beaten ... Yes, apparently even more than Raja Ampat’s.
Accommodations at Sali Bay Resort
There are 2 different kind of accommodation: the Beachfront Villa -a private villa absolutely beachfront for 2 people- and the Beachfront Divers Lodge -a private double room with beachfront on the Lodge. Each accommodation has en-suite open air bathroom, air conditioning, private balcony, and are absolutely beachfront access.
Sali Bay Dive Resort offers 4-star accommodations with access at its private beach, swimming pool, spa and lush gardens. On each guest package is consider full board with 3 meals a day with vegetarian options and free WiFi, unlimited snorkelling. You can contract your diving package after or before your arrival.
The Beachfront Villas
- Private villa, absolutely beachfront. Accommodate 2 guest on double or twin beds
- Availability: 14
Sali Bay Dive Resort has 14 Beachfront Villas with 66 sqm each one that sit on a palm fringed beach with direct access from your own doorstep.
All the Villas at Sali Bay are absolutely beach front and facing the sea. The private door entrance in the back communicate with the resort facilities.
All the Beachfront Villas have a spacious foyer with closet, minibar and photo table.
The main room of the villa is fitted with air con, ceiling fan, make up table and sofa corner, private bathroom with fresh hot & cold water, toiletries, bath towels, and beach towels. Access to the wide veranda is through the double glass-sliding door.
The Beachfront Diver Lodge
- Private room with beach front on the Lodge. Accommodate 2 guest on double or twin beds
- Availability: 4
The Diver Lodge is located at the end of the bay and has 4 rooms, each one with air con, private bathroom with fresh hot & cold water, toiletries, bath towels, beach towels, and wide veranda directly on the beach.
Sali Bay Villa/Lodge amenities in a glance
- Air con
- Ceiling fan
- Seating area indoors and outdoors
- Balcony terrace
- Beachfront access
- Free bottled water
- Hair dryer
- In-room safe box
- Bath towels
- Beach towels
- Wake-up service
- Coffee and tea maker
- Mini bar
- Wood parqueted flooring
- Mosquito net
Facilities at Sali Bay Dive Resort
Sali Bay has great facilities of a 4*Hotel. Being on the private island of Sali Kecil, the main facility of course is its own palm fringed private beach! And if that was not enough its own house reef!
You will never get boring, with all the activities you can do here: scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, sunbaths, spa...
Sali Bay other facilities include a restaurant and bar serving international and local cuisine. WiFi internet access is available in the resort.
One swimming pool and relaxing space for spa treatments.
The dive centre, located near the jetty, deserves a special mention, not only is it well equipped with enough basic kit units -tanks, belts, weights-, but it also has modern and new equipment for rental gear.
The camera room is located a few meters from the pier and is dedicated to UW photographers and videographers.
Pricing, Inclusions and Exclusions
Sali Bay Dive Resort rates on 2020-2021 are in Euro, but booking with Cruising Indonesia you can pay in your preferred currency: USD, GPB, CHF, JPY, etc.
Beachfront Divers Lodge
€240 - on private room in Divers Lodge, price per night, for 2 guests
€320 - on private Villa, price per night, for 2 guests
Single occupancy is 70% of lodge or villa rates.
- Full Board: breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Tea, coffee & water
- Tanks, weight belt, weights
- Boat dives as per booked itinerary
- Unlimited self-guided shore dive per diving day
- Governmental taxes of 10%
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
- International and domestic airfare
- Transportation to/from the Resort
- Excess baggage fees & Visas
- Dive gear rental & Dive course fees
- Medical insurance
- Staff gratuities
The balance of the total fare (100%) is required at least 30 days prior to guest arrival.
Be aware that only cash payments are accepted for local extras.
All cancellations must be received in writing. The refund or cancellation charges that will be payable depending on the amount of notice you give us, as per the below:
- 30 days – 15 days = 30% cancellation charge
- 15 – 5 days = 50% cancellation charge
- 5 – 0 days = 100% of total fare
Any refunds outside of these terms will be subject to a claim on your Insurance Company and we are happy to write you a letter, which you can give to your insurer as proof of your loss, though we cannot be held accountable if your claim is rejected for whatever reason.
Why You Should Dive Sali Bay Dive Resort?
Our review of Sali Bay Dive Resort
Stay at the Sali Bay Resort, in the north of the Moluccas, an excellent resort with beautiful diving for both macro and pelagic (there are a lot of white tip sharks).
The beauty of this area is that there are no other structures in the area of tens of kilometres, so the dives are always "exclusive".
The resort is located on the small island of Sali (hence the name) which is located in the strait between the islands of Bacan and Halmahera, a region still uncovered for the diving in Indonesia.
The waters of the strait find the island of Sali in the middle and form currents also quite strong, so good diving on the pelagic (many white fins) and also a lot of macro.
The barrier in front of the resort is beautiful, coral reef fish, turtles, small white tip sharks and is ideal for snorkeling.
Sali Bay Resort the perfect compromise between nature respect and comfort. Sali Bay has two accommodation options, the Beachfront Villas, and the cheapest Diver Lodge Front Houses.
Indeed, all the accommodations have sea view, give you access to an excellent restaurant, the swimming pool and the spa for beauty treatments, massages, etc.
The Salibay has, in addition to the Beach Villas, even the Lodge Houses, smaller homes, which allow you to save money on the stay and discounts for the non-sub.
Would you like to have an all-inclusive package budget, tailor-made for you, to diving or snorkeling in Sali Bay? Please, contact us.
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